According to the data received from rural feeders, 66 percent of electricity theft in the state is done by villagers. Electricity worth Rs 2 crore is stolen from villages every day.
Powercom has started preparations to crack down on the increasing cases of power theft in Punjab. Powercom is now levying a fine of Rs 10 per unit for theft of electricity. Even after the meter got burnt, the department is tracing the stolen power unit in 15 minutes through the JIG technique.
After the consumption of electricity is high, consumers deliberately set the meters on fire or damage them every day. Powercom is using jig technology to accurately estimate the units of power consumed by such meters. So far, with this technique, the department has caught cases of electricity theft by checking more than 3000 meters. With this technique, it is also known whether the meter itself is on fire or has been set on fire. After its disclosure, the department is now collecting fine from the consumers at the rate of Rs 10 per unit.
According to departmental officials, after tampering with the meter, the bill starts coming on average. Whereas the electricity bill increases manifold as compared to normal days. The average bill is generated with the department once or twice, after which the meter is sent to the ME lab for testing, only after the investigation it is revealed that how many units of electricity have been stolen in the true sense.
Every day electricity theft of two crores happens
According to the data received from rural feeders, 66 percent of electricity theft in the state is done by villagers. Electricity worth Rs 2 crore is stolen from villages every day. Industry and common consumers are involved in the theft of one crore of electricity. Every year Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) suffers a loss of Rs 1200 crore in the name of power theft.